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Sarasota County Vocational – Technical Center, Practical Nursing, Florida

Sarasota County Vocational – Technical Center

The Practical Nursing program prepares students to plan and administer nursing care to patients in hospitals, extended care facilities, physicians’ offices, health-care agencies, and private homes. This care includes providing for the physical and emotional needs of the patient, administering medications, providing therapeutic treatments, and assisting with rehabilitation.

Sarasota County Vocational – Technical Center
4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone: (941) 924-1365
Fax: (941) 361-6886
The first portion of the program consists of the Health Careers CORE*, nursing assisting theory, and clinical experience in a long term care facility. The student is then eligible to take the certifying examination to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Content includes theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, maternal-child, mental-health, and geriatric nursing. There is instruction and experience in both acute and long term care situations; personal, family and community health concepts; mental-health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development over the life span; body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills; pharmacology; legal aspects of practice; American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS); communication skills; and current issues in nursing.

Clinical experiences make up over 50% of the total program hours. Students must submit to drug testing prior to clinical placement. Students learn patient observation skills, treatments, and medications using the Skills Lab and Pediatric and Adult Human Patient Simulators. They have clinical assignments at three local hospitals, several nursing homes, community mental-health facilities, and other selected health-care agencies.

This program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) given by the Florida State Board of Nursing. This is a national licensing exam with reciprocity in all states. This licensure also provides the LPN with eligibility to articulate with the registered nurse (RN) transition programs at community colleges or in the university system.

All instructors are Registered Nurses who are licensed by the State of Florida and credentialed by the Board of Nursing and the National League of Nursing.

PROGRAM LENGTH: This program is 1350 hours in length and takes one year to complete. Day classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:25 am to 1:45 pm. Evening classes meet Monday-Thursday, 5:00 – 11:00 pm. Clinical hours may vary and may include some weekends.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Student’s competency in math, language, and reading is pre-assessed. Required basic skills grade levels are: Reading-11; Math-11; Language-11.

Applicant must also have…

• A high school diploma or GED

• Proof of Rubella immunity

• A physical exam documenting the absence of lifting limitations

• A negative T. B. Test

• Criminal background check

Applicants must have the basic skills and aptitudes necessary for success in the training program and occupation they have chosen. Applicants having met the minimal criteria listed above will be accepted into the program on a “first application completed/submitted, first accepted” basis, except as noted below as per SCTI entrance requirements:

Emotional/Mental Illness

– requires one full year of documented stability prior to admission.


– Applicants who have been convicted of, or who have plead nolo contendere, for arson, assault, robbery, armed burglary, kidnapping, attempted murder, murder, manslaughter, repeated drug or alcohol offences, or repeated misdemeanor offences will be denied admission to Health Science programs. Applicants who have been arrested and convicted of or who have plead nolo contendere to offences other than those previously stated will be denied admission for one full year. Applicants must be prepared to present documentation of satisfaction of all court mandates and document one year of satisfactory work history. Regulatory agencies and local employers may have more stringent requirements for employment screening.

Health Risks

– In order to determine that the applicant’s career choice will not be detrimental to their own health, or the safety of a patient/client, medical release documentation will be required for some medications and physical conditions identified on the physical examination questionnaire.

ENTRANCE DATES: The day program is offered twice a year in August and February. All classes meet Monday-Friday during the day.

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